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A heart-pounding tale of betrayal, blackmail, and murder that will take you to the edge of your seat.


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A heart-pounding tale of betrayal, blackmail, and murder that will take you to the edge of your seat.

30 review for Playback: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    If I hadn't read the intro to this book, I might have given it three stars. But the intro put into perspective Chandler's travails in getting this story written — first as a screenplay for a film that never got made, then as a novel. As a graphic novel, perhaps this should be considered the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading version of Chandler. Everything is here — characters, plot twists, mis-directions, dialogue, suspense. But the book's 98 pages fly by, thanks to Ted Benoit's adaptation and Francois If I hadn't read the intro to this book, I might have given it three stars. But the intro put into perspective Chandler's travails in getting this story written — first as a screenplay for a film that never got made, then as a novel. As a graphic novel, perhaps this should be considered the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading version of Chandler. Everything is here — characters, plot twists, mis-directions, dialogue, suspense. But the book's 98 pages fly by, thanks to Ted Benoit's adaptation and Francois Ayroles' illustrations. Chandler buffs, comics buffs, and anyone up for a quick mystery should give it a read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Edna

    This story of deception and murder fits well in graphic form especially since the original story was meant as a screenplay. One can easily envision the illustrations as panels for story-boarding; they're dark, harsh and seedy - like Chandler's stories. This story of deception and murder fits well in graphic form especially since the original story was meant as a screenplay. One can easily envision the illustrations as panels for story-boarding; they're dark, harsh and seedy - like Chandler's stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    From May 2011—A graphic adaptation of Chandler's hardboiled novel about a dame seeking to make a fresh start after she's been acquitted from her husband's murder, while her father-in-law has sworn that she will be made to pay. On the train to Vancouver, she's accosted by a playboy who offers to put her up at the luxury hotel he's staying in. They attend a party at the penthouse suite where the playboy gets stinking drunk and makes inappropriate advances on our gal, who next finds his dead body o From May 2011—A graphic adaptation of Chandler's hardboiled novel about a dame seeking to make a fresh start after she's been acquitted from her husband's murder, while her father-in-law has sworn that she will be made to pay. On the train to Vancouver, she's accosted by a playboy who offers to put her up at the luxury hotel he's staying in. They attend a party at the penthouse suite where the playboy gets stinking drunk and makes inappropriate advances on our gal, who next finds his dead body on the terrace outside her room. It's an ok story, and while at first glance I thought the illustrations seemed interesting, I soon changed my mind when I found that most of them were average at best. Can't say I recommend this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    DOUGLAS J BERRY

    Wow, not good in 1947, and has gotten worse with time. Crude black and white artwork. The preface to the book takes up 2/3 of the book. If this had been his first story, he never would have had a second. The dialog is wooden. The characters look too much alike and lack personality. Read anything else by Chandler. Watch any movie by Chandler, though his movies aren't as good as the novels. Avoid contact with this. Wow, not good in 1947, and has gotten worse with time. Crude black and white artwork. The preface to the book takes up 2/3 of the book. If this had been his first story, he never would have had a second. The dialog is wooden. The characters look too much alike and lack personality. Read anything else by Chandler. Watch any movie by Chandler, though his movies aren't as good as the novels. Avoid contact with this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    A screenplay which was never filmed. Not the same plot as the last Phillip Marlowe novel (I consider this plot better, but that is faint praise). Is this a comic? Well, it is more like a European graphic novel. If it is a storyboard for an unfilmed movie, then why are all the characters so unglamorous? As someone who likes both Chandler and comics, I guess I was doubly prepared to like this, and yet doubly disappointed? But it grew on me the second time I read it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I'm glad I read this graphic novel adapted from a screenplay by Raymond Chandler, but the story was a little ragged and hard to follow. And I didn't care for the illustration; I had a difficult time discerning the identities of the characters. I'm glad I read this graphic novel adapted from a screenplay by Raymond Chandler, but the story was a little ragged and hard to follow. And I didn't care for the illustration; I had a difficult time discerning the identities of the characters.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    A great short, mystery graphic novel. It's a bit dated but still intriguing. A great short, mystery graphic novel. It's a bit dated but still intriguing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Schnitzer

    Badly drawn. Hard to tell the characters apart. Confusing - without any real resolution. Different parts do not seem to fit together.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

    Read the novel. It's been a few years, but I liked the book. This adaptation is of the screenplay, and isn't terribly well done. It trades the novel's California setting for Canada and ruins Chandler's Marlow. I didn't like it. Read the novel. It's been a few years, but I liked the book. This adaptation is of the screenplay, and isn't terribly well done. It trades the novel's California setting for Canada and ruins Chandler's Marlow. I didn't like it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael P.

    Raymond Chandler's last novel, PLAYBACK, began as a screenplay. It did not feature Philip Marlowe, as the novel does, but is the story of a woman who may be guilty of murder finding herself again accused of murder. The story is quite different, really, though the core of it is the same. The ideal is to publish the screenplay, which was done under the title RAYMOND CHANDLER'S UNKNOWN SCREENPLAY. Read that instead of this graphic novel, please. The idea of graphically adapting the screenplay is not Raymond Chandler's last novel, PLAYBACK, began as a screenplay. It did not feature Philip Marlowe, as the novel does, but is the story of a woman who may be guilty of murder finding herself again accused of murder. The story is quite different, really, though the core of it is the same. The ideal is to publish the screenplay, which was done under the title RAYMOND CHANDLER'S UNKNOWN SCREENPLAY. Read that instead of this graphic novel, please. The idea of graphically adapting the screenplay is not bad, and I guess the writing of the adaptation is OK, but the art is stilted, the characters too hard to distinguish, the characterizations of important characters, especially the detective, feel wrong, and Francois Ayroles is a terrible, terrible visual storyteller. The result is a book that should never have been published. Its only interest is to read Chandler's original story, but we have the screenplay for that, don't we?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    This comic based on Chandler's unproduced script for a film was later adapted into a Marlowe book by Chandler, but they are not exactly the same. This strange book refers to itself as "storyboard art," but the art was clearly created for this publication and not for the abandoned film project. Even so, the art is so flat-out bad that I had to stop reading. It is nearly impossible to tell one character from another, let alone read any kind of emotion or pull anything else of value from this art. Th This comic based on Chandler's unproduced script for a film was later adapted into a Marlowe book by Chandler, but they are not exactly the same. This strange book refers to itself as "storyboard art," but the art was clearly created for this publication and not for the abandoned film project. Even so, the art is so flat-out bad that I had to stop reading. It is nearly impossible to tell one character from another, let alone read any kind of emotion or pull anything else of value from this art. This is a great idea, badly executed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    An adaptation of a lost '40s Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye) screenplay. It's an engaging parlor-mystery, very good for the first half and ok at the end. The stark artwork fits well with the subject. Ayroles did a fine job establishing character through posture and body language but failed in depicting subtle facial expressions. An adaptation of a lost '40s Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye) screenplay. It's an engaging parlor-mystery, very good for the first half and ok at the end. The stark artwork fits well with the subject. Ayroles did a fine job establishing character through posture and body language but failed in depicting subtle facial expressions.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    This was an unusual format -- cartoon blocks the entire book. I'm not a visual person, so I would have much preferred reading a story. I also found it hard to follow, as if scenes were skipped or no infor- mation given. A favorite line: "This is the ace, Betty, but not of spades." An interesting Somerset Maugham quote: "Money is a sort of sixth sense that gives meaning to all the others." This was an unusual format -- cartoon blocks the entire book. I'm not a visual person, so I would have much preferred reading a story. I also found it hard to follow, as if scenes were skipped or no infor- mation given. A favorite line: "This is the ace, Betty, but not of spades." An interesting Somerset Maugham quote: "Money is a sort of sixth sense that gives meaning to all the others."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    A pretty pleasurable noir read, and a nice rescue of an unmade script, although the story behind it in the intro leads me to believe Raymond Chandler deserved the karmic justice of never getting the movie made. The story definitely isn't as strong as it could be and the art style didn't knock my socks off, but it is what it is. A pretty pleasurable noir read, and a nice rescue of an unmade script, although the story behind it in the intro leads me to believe Raymond Chandler deserved the karmic justice of never getting the movie made. The story definitely isn't as strong as it could be and the art style didn't knock my socks off, but it is what it is.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

    Other than the fine if brief intro by Philippe Garnier on the history of the script, what stands out here is the art, which gives it the suitable hardboiled 50s feel. Tragic antihero with questionable morals, a 'black widow' haunted by her past, and a cop whose badge is called "the naked steel of the sword of justice"... . A pity this was never filmed. Other than the fine if brief intro by Philippe Garnier on the history of the script, what stands out here is the art, which gives it the suitable hardboiled 50s feel. Tragic antihero with questionable morals, a 'black widow' haunted by her past, and a cop whose badge is called "the naked steel of the sword of justice"... . A pity this was never filmed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Hilton

    Classic story poor adaptation to kindle Playback is a great Chandler story. Not his best but decent. Graphic novel idea is good. Trying to read on kindle fire and iPhone not so good. I have a paperwhite as well, didn't even try to read it there as I'm sure it wouldn't be any better. Classic story poor adaptation to kindle Playback is a great Chandler story. Not his best but decent. Graphic novel idea is good. Trying to read on kindle fire and iPhone not so good. I have a paperwhite as well, didn't even try to read it there as I'm sure it wouldn't be any better.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nequon

    the finishing of this book ws the part that caught my eye.this was becausethe athor made it sloww and than it got wah faster and mor interesting because the cop had to cauht her two times and the secound time was better.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Not a big fan of this art style. Also, it seemed like sentences were missing, but maybe that's just the style of the screenplay. Not a big fan of this art style. Also, it seemed like sentences were missing, but maybe that's just the style of the screenplay.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    The storyline was decent, but the illustrations are atrocious.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Neither the story nor artwork was anything terrific.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Harley

  23. 5 out of 5

    خالد أمين

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

  25. 5 out of 5

    Terry Mulcahy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  27. 4 out of 5

    Benyamin Blk

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gregg Brysiewicz

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ray C

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